I've decided to make a few other changes this year. As much as possible I'm going to cut out sugar, soda and desserts. I am a fanatic for banana Popsicles at 60 calories each. We have a local store that carries the North Star brand and I clean them out every time I go. I also refuse to buy sweets for my hubs. I used to buy ice cream and his frozen Snickers ice cream bars, but now he has to buy them himself. I'm trying to keep him around for a long, long time. I'll keep you up to date on how I'm doing with that, you may hear me whining from time to time.
Another nice change this year is the Michael's brand paper, Recollections. Their colored cardstock is a nice weight for card bases and they've just started carrying 8.5 x 11 pads of patterned paper and I love it. My daughter works at Michaels and although I hate their personnel policies, I support the store because they pay her. Hubs always gets me a gift card for Christmas and I was pleasantly surprised today to find it covered (on sale, mind you), 5 packs of colored cardstock, three 240 sheet pads of patterned paper, several dollar stamps, a bunch of faux pearls and adhesive rhinestones (at 20 cents each) and a real splurge for me - three packs of K & Company 3D butterfly and dragonfly stickers, a Martha Stewart Confetti Heart Punch, several packages of rub-ons AND some envelope seals with my initial on them. One bag was triple bagged because it was so heavy.
Here is the first card with the Cool Water cardstock and the Bold Basics patterned paper. Nicely matched, wouldn't you say? This is my generic card for Week 3. I could use it as a birthday card or a thank you card. I'm loving the PaperTrey Lunchbox Note. I think it makes a really nice addition to the front of this card. And the two inch punch is the perfect size to add an embellishment to it. If you haven't checked out the PaperTrey dies, you'd best do that soon.
Paper: Recollections Bold Basics, Cool Water; Stamps: GinaK Stately Flowers 1, Stampin' Up; Recollections Pearls; Copics: BV17, BV08, BV02, Y00, G24, G94; Spica Sand